Slipstream (2014) by Richard Wilson, London Heathrow Terminal 2, UK - 20150621-01.jpg
ArtistRichard Wilson
Year2014 (2014)
Dimensions70 m (230 ft)
Weight77 tonnes
LocationHeathrow Airport, London
Coordinates51°28′11″N 0°26′59″W / 51.4697°N 0.4497°W / 51.4697; -0.4497Coordinates: 51°28′11″N 0°26′59″W / 51.4697°N 0.4497°W / 51.4697; -0.4497

Slipstream is a sculpture by Richard Wilson, created in 2014 for the wholly re-built Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport, London. The large art intervention of aviation relevance was loosely specified, approved and project managed by Mark Davy, founder of the cultural and place-making agency Futurecity for the airport as owner. It is currently the largest privately funded sculpture for a commercial site in Europe.[1] The winning proposal was selected from a shortlist of five international artists.

The sculpture is over 70 metres (230 ft) long and weighs 77 tonnes (76 long tons; 85 short tons).[2] The structural engineers Price & Myers and specialist fabricators Commercial Systems International (CSI) were tasked with making the sculpture.[3]

Wilson's intention is "to transpose the thrill of the air‐show to the architectural environment of the international air terminal".[4]

Reconstruction of Terminal 2 started in 2010, and it was officially reopened on 4 June 2014.


  1. ^ Siegle, Lucy (21 September 2013). "Giant vapour trail sculpture takes shape at Heathrow". BBC News. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Twice world champion stunt pilot Paul Bonhomme recreates the tumble of Richard Wilson's Slipstream".
  3. ^ "Richard Wilson sculpture to dominate Heathrow's Terminal 2".
  4. ^ "Slipstream".